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Jeux de Couleurs
Claude Debussy, Frits Celis, Maurice Ravel

Trio Khaldei

Jeux de Couleurs

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Format: CD
Label: Evil Penguin
UPC: 0608917723625
Catnr: EPRC 0049
Release date: 07 April 2023
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Label
Evil Penguin
UPC
0608917723625
Catalogue number
EPRC 0049
Release date
07 April 2023
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About the album

The idea of the 'Jeux de Couleurs' recording came to us when we thought of combining Frits Celis' trio with one of the greatest works of the chamber music repertoire, Ravel’s Piano Trio, and an arrangement of Debussy's 'La mer' by Sally Beamish. Combining well - and lesser- known pieces, performing vast orchestral works in the smaller context of the piano trio, and searching for nuance and colours are recurrent themes in our musical choices.

The music on the present recording fully embraces the contrasting sonorities of piano and strings. The two works by Debussy and Ravel, in particular, transcend the boundaries of the piano trio genre in similar ways, albeit from different perspectives. Maurice Ravel, ever conscious of the challenges posed by this particular formation, adopts an almost orchestral approach to the piano trio. In turn, Frits Celis combines subtle, impressionistic colours with a powerful rhythmic drive. Sally Beamish’s arrangement of Debussy’s La mer, on the other hand, successfully condenses Debussy’s brilliant orchestral writing without sacrificing any of its expressive power.

Throughout the entire programme, each instrument brings its full range of possibilities to these games of colours (‘Jeux de Couleurs’), a musical counterpart to Paul Klee’s graceful colour play that adorns the cover of this CD. Time and again the piano trio is truly transformed into an orchestra of three.

"Seit den Anfängen des Trio Khaldei wollten wir eines unserer belgischen Lieblingsstücke aufnehmen, das in so vielen unserer Konzerte zu hören war, das Trio Opus 5 von Frits Celis. Wir lieben es, Frits' farbenfrohe Musik zu spielen und schätzen seinen wertvollen Beitrag über die Jahre, sowohl auf persönlicher als auch auf professioneller Ebene. Er hat sich viele unserer Aufführungen angehört und uns immer unterstützt. Durch unsere Gespräche mit ihm und dank vieler begeisterter E-Mails nach Konzerten hat er uns geholfen, sowohl als Musiker als auch als Menschen zu wachsen.

Die Idee für die Aufnahme von "Jeux de Couleurs" kam uns, als wir Frits' Trio mit einem der größten Werke des Kammermusikrepertoires, Ravels Klaviertrio, und einem Arrangement von Debussys "La mer" von Sally Beamish kombinieren wollten. Die Kombination von bekannten und weniger bekannten Stücken, die Aufführung großer Orchesterwerke im kleineren Rahmen des Klaviertrios und die Suche nach Nuancen und Farben sind wiederkehrende Themen in unserer Musikauswahl.

Das Gemälde, das wir für das Cover der CD ausgewählt haben, Paul Klees 'Architektur der Ebene', drückt aus, was wir über die Musik denken und was wir mit ihr vermitteln möchten. Wie alle Gemälde von Klee ist es sehr musikalisch strukturiert und zeichnet sich durch die Verwendung von Motiven und eine Explosion von Farben aus. In einer Welt, in der Schwarz und Weiß um die meiste Aufmerksamkeit konkurrieren, möchten wir diese sehr farbenfrohe und nuancierte Aufnahme mit Ihnen teilen."

Barbara, Pieter und Francis

Artist(s)

Pieter Jansen (violin)

Trio Khaldei

Since its first concert in 2011, Trio Khaldei has developed from a young, promising ensemble to a crowd favourite in Belgium and abroad and has been praised for its “coherence, delicacy, consistency and fireworks on stage”. Over the last few years, the trio has performed in prestigious venues such as the Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels), AMUZ (Antwerp), De Bijloke (Ghent) and the Concertgebouw in Bruges, as well as at numerous festivals including the Ghent Festival of Flanders, Festival 20/21, En Avant Mars, Is Arti (Lithuania), the Spectrum Festival (Slovenia), the Arsana Festival (Slovenia), Eesti Kontsert (Estonia), Baltais Fligelis (Latvia) and Performer’s Present International Artistic Symposium (Singapore). The trio has also recorded for Belgian stations Canvas (television) and Klara (radio)...
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Since its first concert in 2011, Trio Khaldei has developed from a young, promising ensemble to a crowd favourite in Belgium and abroad and has been praised for its “coherence, delicacy, consistency and fireworks on stage”. Over the last few years, the trio has performed in prestigious venues such as the Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels), AMUZ (Antwerp), De Bijloke (Ghent) and the Concertgebouw in Bruges, as well as at numerous festivals including the Ghent Festival of Flanders, Festival 20/21, En Avant Mars, Is Arti (Lithuania), the Spectrum Festival (Slovenia), the Arsana Festival (Slovenia), Eesti Kontsert (Estonia), Baltais Fligelis (Latvia) and Performer’s Present International Artistic Symposium (Singapore). The trio has also recorded for Belgian stations Canvas (television) and Klara (radio) and the Slovenian National Radio.
Trio Khaldei likes to bring together music from times past and present in its programs, introducing the public to music by lesser-known composers as well as the great masters. Its musicians also seek to extend the limits of the trio repertoire by offering arrangements of orchestral works (e.g. Beethoven, Shostakovich, Debussy) that inevitably shed a new light on this music, thought to be known inside and out.
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Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy was a French composer. He and Maurice Ravel were the most prominent figures associated with impressionist music, though Debussy disliked the term when applied to his compositions. He was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1903. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and his use of non-traditional scales and chromaticism influenced many composers who followed. Debussy's music is noted for its sensory content and frequent usage of non-traditional tonalities. The prominent French literary style of his period was known as Symbolism, and this movement directly inspired Debussy both as a composer and as an active cultural participant Among his most famous works are his Clair de Lune, his Three Nocturnes...
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Claude Debussy was a French composer. He and Maurice Ravel were the most prominent figures associated with impressionist music, though Debussy disliked the term when applied to his compositions. He was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1903. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and his use of non-traditional scales and chromaticism influenced many composers who followed.
Debussy's music is noted for its sensory content and frequent usage of non-traditional tonalities. The prominent French literary style of his period was known as Symbolism, and this movement directly inspired Debussy both as a composer and as an active cultural participant Among his most famous works are his Clair de Lune, his Three Nocturnes and his orchestral piece La Mer.


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Maurice Ravel

Joseph Maurice Ravel was a French composer who is often associated with impressionism along with his elder contemporary Claude Debussy, although both composers rejected the term. In the 1920s and 1930s Ravel was internationally regarded as France's greatest living composer. Born to a music-loving family, Ravel attended France's premier music college, the Paris Conservatoire; he was not well regarded by its conservative establishment, whose biased treatment of him caused a scandal. After leaving the Conservatoire Ravel found his own way as a composer, developing a style of great clarity, incorporating elements of baroque, neoclassicism and, in his later works, jazz. He liked to experiment with musical form, as in his best-known work, Boléro (1928), in which repetition takes the place of...
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Joseph Maurice Ravel was a French composer who is often associated with impressionism along with his elder contemporary Claude Debussy, although both composers rejected the term. In the 1920s and 1930s Ravel was internationally regarded as France's greatest living composer.
Born to a music-loving family, Ravel attended France's premier music college, the Paris Conservatoire; he was not well regarded by its conservative establishment, whose biased treatment of him caused a scandal. After leaving the Conservatoire Ravel found his own way as a composer, developing a style of great clarity, incorporating elements of baroque, neoclassicism and, in his later works, jazz. He liked to experiment with musical form, as in his best-known work, Boléro (1928), in which repetition takes the place of development. He made some orchestral arrangements of other composers' music, of which his 1922 version of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition is the best known.
As a slow and painstaking worker, Ravel composed fewer pieces than many of his contemporaries. Among his works to enter the repertoire are pieces for piano, chamber music, two piano concertos, ballet music, two operas, and eight song cycles; he wrote no symphonies and only one religious work. Many of his works exist in two versions: a first, piano score and a later orchestration. Some of his piano music, such as Gaspard de la nuit (1908), is exceptionally difficult to play, and his complex orchestral works such as Daphnis et Chloé (1912) require skilful balance in performance.

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